September 21, 2018

Christmas Day, 2006. I am sitting in a small bamboo hut along a sand path in the village of Koh Phi Phi, Thailand. A traditional Thai tattoo artist is tapping a sharp, pointed piece of bamboo dipped in ink into my wrist. I’d told him, “flower” and nothing more. He didn’t draw up a sketch and have me approve it. He simply dipped his bamboo in ink and went to work. That morning, I’d gotten out of bed to sit… Read more

September 20, 2018

A couple nights ago, a really nice in-the-closet atheist sent me an email talking about why he remains in the closet. He asked me many questions, but one, in particular, stood out because I don’t think I’ve ever addressed it here: What’s the harm in pretending to be a believer? Why does anyone have to know I don’t share their beliefs? After my complete shock that there is at least one person out there who sees zero issue with not outwardly being… Read more

September 17, 2018

As an atheist, how do you feel about Islam? Watch the latest Common Heathens live stream in which Donovan and I talk at length about Islam and the Quran and the influence they have on our society. Let me know how you feel on the topics we cover in the comments below! If you like what I do here and want to support my work, you can donate here or become a patron here. Read more

September 12, 2018

I get asked a lot of questions about how I raise my son like I’m some sort of parenting guru. I definitely have strong opinions on certain aspects of parenting and don’t mind answering your questions, so long as you keep in mind that this is what’s best for my family, and may not be what’s best for yours. Being as I’m on the cusp of being a complete nutbar, proceed with caution. The first question is from someone who wanted… Read more

September 10, 2018

Your Stories of Atheism are heartbreaking, triumphant, angering and inspiring. They are written by you, for you in this ongoing series about how you came to identify as an atheist. If you want to send me your story, you can email me here. Please note that by doing so, you give me permission to publish it here as part of the series. If you wish to remain anonymous, please say so in your email otherwise, I will use just your first… Read more

September 6, 2018

I recently found this post here on Patheos, by Frank Schaeffer, titled, I have a nagging question for my atheist friends: if we’re nothing, why bother to convince us of our nothingness? Who cares? I went into it thinking that Frank would be posing his question in a straight-up way, with no tongue in cheek righteousness or strawmen. I was wrong, as I often am when I am asked questions by apologists. It doesn’t stop me from hoping for it next time,… Read more

August 23, 2018

When I think of condoms, I think about the single invention that could save our planet and our species. Generally, with a “bow-chicka-wow-wow” in the background because I am your strange and shameless GM, after all. Thinking about a pecker poncho usually brings a grin to my face, even if it’s not on the chiseled body of Alexander Skarsgård, because in this tiny little banger balloon, lies the solution to many of the world’s most concerning problems… most importantly, preventing… Read more

August 20, 2018

It’s a fact that most people don’t give prison a second thought. Many, like I did, just assume, somewhere in the deep recesses of their mind, that only bad people go to prison. They imagine prison as a terrifying place, full of monsters and they’re glad the doors are locked. It isn’t until someone you love and care about gets locked up, that the hidden world of incarceration becomes all you can see. You watch, as your friend or family member… Read more

August 19, 2018

On Friday, I had the pleasure of joining my good friend, Donovan Badrock (AKA @MrOzAtheist) for a live stream on YouTube as part of our podcast, Common Heathens. We began by having a chat about the recent news coming out of the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania and then went on to answer listeners questions. If you missed it, you can catch up here: I would love to know what your answers to these questions are. Here is a list, if… Read more

August 17, 2018

I’d venture to guess that even the crew of the ISS has whiffed the stank of the story coming out of Pennsylvania the past few days. Priests, en masse, manhandling children, marking them as their territory and using their position in god’s light as an excuse to rob babies of their irretrievable innocence. For decades upon decades upon decades. Had the story stopped there, we’d already know how they were able to continue to destroy children and avoid prosecution for… Read more

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